How you can help!
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad.
- Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Take any threats of suicide seriously. Don’t dare him or her to do it.
- Stay calm. Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Seek support. Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
Veterans Crisis Hotline
Crisis Text Line
Text ‘HOME’ to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Click here for the website
Mental Health Mobile Response Teams
Spectrum Human Services CARES Program
Crisis Services Emergency Outreach 24 Hour Hotline